When a house within the Silverleaf neighborhood of Scottsdale, Arizona, bought for $24.1 million in September, it set a new record because the highest-priced residence sale within the state’s historical past. Sitting on 17 acres, the 15,000-square-foot mansion has eight bedrooms, 10 loos, an indoor basketball court docket, and a 7,500-square-foot visitor home.
That sale broke the file set in November 2019, when Phoenix Suns proprietor Robert Sarver sold his 28,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom residence in Cameldale Estates for $19.25 million. When that very same property sold once more in October 2020 for $20.9 million, it set one other file—the highest-priced residence sale ever in Paradise Valley.
Such transactions are trying much less like outliers and extra like a pattern for Arizona’s luxurious residence market, the place costs are skyrocketing together with gross sales exercise. As COVID-19 reduces journey, retains jobs and colleges on-line, and brings college-age youngsters again residence, patrons are transferring as much as houses that provide extra space and extra facilities.
The residential luxurious market in Maricopa County (the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale metropolitan space) is “on fireplace,” says Russell Diehl, Proprietor/Designated Dealer for Arizona Community Realty and the proprietor of ArizonaRealEstate.com. Within the $1 million to $6 million value vary, the variety of gross sales is up 49% year-to-date by way of October in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months. The greenback quantity of these gross sales rose from $2.74 billion to $4.1 billion over the identical interval, in keeping with the Arizona Regional A number of Itemizing Service (ARMLS).
“What’s much more dramatic,” Diehl factors out, is the expansion over simply the previous three months. For the interval from August to October, the variety of residence gross sales within the $1 million to $6 million vary all through Maricopa County was up 138% in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months.
Scottsdale has been particularly energetic, with the variety of gross sales within the $3 million to $4 million vary—the “hottest section”—exhibiting “a whopping 82% improve” this 12 months by way of October over the identical interval in 2019, says Diehl. For the August to October interval alone, the rise is 285%.
Launch Actual Property, the primary vendor of houses over $1 million in Maricopa County, has seen a virtually 50% improve in gross sales year-to-date over the identical interval final 12 months. The corporate’s gross sales quantity for the month of October was double that of October 2019. Sean Zimmerman, president of Launch, calls it “the perfect market we’ve seen, perhaps in historical past.”
And Launch’s bigger houses have been promoting quickest. Patrons know they’re going to place in a house health club or a yoga studio, or they’re going to have extra household staying with them, says Zimmerman.
Camelot Houses, a Scottsdale-based luxurious homebuilder, has seen a 26% improve in its greenback quantity of gross sales by way of October in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months. “It’s been phenomenal,” says Julie Hancock, Camelot’s managing director. “As a result of the resale market’s so sturdy, lots of people are seeing it as a chance to actually improve their home and their way of life whereas sustaining related funds, as a result of the rates of interest are so low.”
In Camelot’s White Horse neighborhood in Scottsdale, all however two of the 50 patrons took the bonus room and visitor casita choices. Hancock says that in all their communities, additional area is “the primary factor persons are on the lookout for.”
Patrons are additionally transferring shortly, wanting “houses which are already constructed and able to go,” says Hancock. Camelot has bought out of its current houses however is including extra, together with a continuation of its White Horse neighborhood.
Although building prices proceed to rise, the present demand appears nice sufficient to soak up them. Camelot has seen a 13% total leap in materials prices, together with will increase of 44% for lumber, 12% for drywall, 8% for roofing, and about 6% for trim carpentry. However these value will increase don’t appear to be slowing issues down. If something, they’re having the alternative impact, says Hancock. Individuals wish to purchase shortly earlier than building prices go even greater.
About half of the demand Launch Actual Property sees for homes over $2 million is coming from out of state. Arizona routinely attracts its share of Californians on the lookout for markets the place their greenback will purchase extra, however this 12 months has additionally introduced extra patrons from Washington, Illinois, Colorado, New York, and Minnesota. Zimmerman factors to Arizona’s steady economic system, in addition to its “variety of trade and alternative.”
“Persons are migrating to areas which are much less dense, which are effectively deliberate, which have stunning facilities and the entire issues that Arizona presents,” says Hancock. She calls Arizona a “long-term play” and expects “nothing however optimistic development” sooner or later.
Within the meantime, since promoting that $24.1 million Silverleaf residence, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty has set one other file for Arizona. The agency at the moment has the state’s most expensive listing: additionally in Silverleaf, the brand new 15,000-square-foot residence at 21053 N. one hundred and tenth Manner is priced at $27.5 million.